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CASA finalises organisational overhaul

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 27, 2016

Mark Skidmore (CASA)
CASA boss Mark Skidmore.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) chief executive Mark Skidmore has said his organisation’s new corporate structure is almost complete.

The overhaul of CASA’s organisational structure, which was first announced in November 2015, has resulted in three main groups.

In his monthly CASA Briefing column for May, Skidmore named the men and women to lead the revamped CASA under his leadership.

First, a stakeholder engagement group, led by former senior Airservices executive Rob Walker, whose role would be to ensure the regulator’s communications with the aviation and broader community was consistent and that information was delivered effectively.

Second, an aviation group to be led by Graeme Crawford would “manage and deliver all collaboration and interaction with the aviation community. This includes entry control, surveillance, regulatory services, standards setting, regulatory development and regulatory implementation”.


Third, Tracey Frey heads up a sustainability group that provides internal and external support functions.

Skidmore said the new structure would “build stronger and more effective internal relationships, helping to break down any ‘silos’ ”.

“The reinvigoration of CASA’s leadership team has been completed and the final touches are being made to CASA’s new structure,” Skidmore said.

“Our new structure has been carefully developed to better align CASA’s activities with our responsibilities to the aviation community.”

“These changes set the platform for developing and implementing a range of reforms to CASA that will fundamentally alter the way the organisation delivers its safety regulation responsibilities.”

Meanwhile, Skidmore said Jonathan Aleck would be in charge of the Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch, while Simon Frawley would manage CASA’s finance branch.

Industry groups have expressed concerns about the slow pace of change at CASA, and in April The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum proposed changes to the Civil Aviation Act, arguing Australia’s “highly prescriptive approach to aviation safety” had “hindered the development of the industry for little discernible safety benefit”.

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